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Book Cover, New York, Places and Pleasures: An Uncommon Guidebook, 1958

This is a Book cover. It is dated 1958 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is lithograph on off-white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was catalogued by Julia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 21 x 26.9 cm (8 1/4 x 10 9/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in white, upper back cover: NEW YORK / PLACES & PLEASURES / an uncommon guidebook / KATE SIMON / drawings by Bob Gill; in black, orange sign at back cover: New York needs an uncommon guidebook. Most New / Yorkers, most outlanders, most overlanders, most high- / style visitors and jet plane arrivals consider the tradi- / tional street-by-street historical guidebook both too / prosaic and unspeakably ordinary to be used. NEW / YORK PLACES & PLEASURES is therefore uncommon, / or as Webster observes with dash, "uncommon; unusual / . . . rare; hence, remarkable." / What could be more remarkable than a guidebook / which guides by insinuation, tempting one sotto voce / with the odd street, the unknown bargain trove, the / characters always on view, the fiestas, foods, sights, / places, and pleasures of present-day New York. It's all / there -- the known and the unknown, the trod and the untrod, the beat and the offbeat, the ordinary and the / bizarre -- with names and addresses where necessary, / times of opening and closing where pertinent, prices / where conventional or alarming. / NEW YORK PLACES & PLEASURES is intended to be / an active cicerone; it is also an agreeable substitute / for lazy New Yorkers and outlanders who may never / make the pilgrimage. / NEW YORK PLACES & PLEASURES is also available in / a clothbound edition ($3.50).; in white, lower back cover: AN ORIGINAL MERIDIAN GIANT; in white, along spine: NEW YORK PLACES & PLEASURES KATE SIMON MERIDIAN; in black and white, across front cover: KATE SIMON / an uncommon guidebook / ONE WA / NEW / YORK / PLACES & / PLEASURES; in black, at bottom: MERIDIAN BOOKS MG 18 $1.95 Canada $2.10; in black, vertically at left edge of front cover: elaine lustig \ jay maisel

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Book Cover, New York, Places and Pleasures: An Uncommon Guidebook, 1958; USA; lithograph on off-white wove paper; H x W: 21 x 26.9 cm (8 1/4 x 10 9/16 in.); Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff; 1993-31-3

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